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Frieda Finlay, Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland

Frieda Finlay, Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland

Mandy Finlay with her mother Frieda Finlay

Mandy Finlay with her mother Frieda Finlay

Mandy Finlay

Mandy Finlay

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Frieda Finlay, Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland

What does "mild" mean? My daughter Mandy is 42 and has Down Syndrome; she would buy and sell you in some ways, is as sharp as a knife in other ways and has an amazing emotional intelligence. But she can still be very vulnerable and needs the necessary supports to live independently.

Her first assessment took twenty minutes when she was six. The result was "moderate ability" - which in those days meant going to a school where she would never learn to read or write. I kicked up a fuss to be told by the senior psychologist that "some mothers have notions about their children".


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